This Ithaca, New York based gift officer will join a motivated, dynamic, and successful team focused on the priorities of the College of Engineering.
The Assistant Director will report to the Director of Development and will focus on identifying prospective donors, initiating personal contact, and creating opportunities for engagement with the goal of raising money for the College of Engineering and Cornell University.
By building strong, long-term relationships between alumni, parents, and friends of Cornell, this position will focus on creating and implementing fundraising strategies for linking potential donors to College priorities and priorities associated with departments and schools within engineering.
The Assistant Director will be a liaison to 1-2 departments and schools in the College of Engineering to advance development and alumni engagement across the college.
Overall, the position is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding high end annual fund commitments of $10,000 or more, plus multi-year gift commitments of $100K or greater, building to $250K solicitations.
A bachelor's degree and a strong commitment to Cornell's mission and values is essential
Three or more years' experience in development, alumni affairs, public affairs, marketing, and/or business development
Experience working with volunteers; the ability to manage complex relationships, a proven collaborator with teamwork skills
Excellent communication skills; the ability to speak credibly about higher education and the aspirations of Cornell; clarity, crispness and effectiveness in written and oral presentations
A high degree of personal integrity and a commitment to values that support Cornell's mission to foster initiative, integrity, and excellence in an environment of collegiality, civility and responsible stewardship
Ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed-upon targets for major gifts
A very strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow through
A willingness to travel extensively on behalf of Cornell University to maintain and to participate regularly
in alumni events and activities
Prefer experience in higher education or similarly complex environment. Basic understanding of the concepts and principles of fund raising, campaign/project fund raising and speculative fund raising is strongly preferred
-Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
-Limited exposure to hazards
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Major Gifts Ofcr II
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